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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013

Media Advisory — Census Bureau Issues Challenge to App Developers

What:

The U.S. Census Bureau has joined other federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to issue a challenge to participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking. The event brings together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs from across the nation to use publicly released data, code and technology to solve challenges facing neighborhoods, cities, states and the nation.

The Census Bureau has created "The Census American Community Challenge," which asks developers to use publicly available American Community Survey statistics in the agency's open API. Participants are asked to develop an application that helps communities either with economic development or with disaster planning. Note: Protecting your privacy and confidentiality is a core Census Bureau commitment. No confidential or personally identifiable information is available.

The Census Bureau's API and participation in this national event open up Census Bureau statistics beyond traditional uses, giving developers in research, business and government the means to customize the statistics into applications that their audiences and customers need.

With the release of this API and other upcoming forward-looking online communications improvements, the Census Bureau is meeting the goals of the Digital Government Strategy to make information more transparent and customer-centered.

When:

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

Who:

5,000 expected participants, including software developers and entrepreneurs; 20 local, state and federal agencies

Where:

More than 80 cities nationwide. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #hackforchange and #census. Developers can access the API online and share ideas through the Census Bureau's Developers Forum.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014